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Soyuz 017 FET Brass Black - Limited Edition  From Soyuz

A limited edition version of the 017 FET large diaphragm condenser microphone with an exclusive Brass Black finish. Only 40 microphones are available worldwide.

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What We Think

The first thing I noticed after hearing the Soyuz 017 FET on vocals was how it was both super smooth and very detailed and clear at the same time. In my opinion, this is a trait of some of the best microphones, as it proves clarity and focus does not always have to come along with razor sharp transients or excessive brightness. The vocals recorded with the 017 FET immediately sat within the mix as if I had already carved out the frequencies in the other instruments, and only a splash of stereo delay was needed to create just enough space for the vocal to live in while still gelling beautifully with the instrumentation.

Who doesn't love when a mic is this easy to work with? In all honesty, the experience and general mic tonality reminded me of working with the vintage U87 we had in the studio a few months back for a series of mic shootouts. Considering the difference in price points between those two mics is in the couple of thousands, that says a lot about the performance of this 017 FET from Soyuz.

Don't get the idea that this is only a vocal microphone - we achieved excellent results with the 017 FET on electric and acoustic guitars, drum overheads, and even as a condenser on kick drum (as seen and heard in our LDC Kick Drum Mic Shootout). 

And finally, while sound always comes first, the 017 FET is a pretty sexy looking microphone and feels fantastic in hand. It’s robust construction, attractive visuals, and rich, mid-focused sound ensure the 017 FET will be just as impressive to your clients today as it will be 50+ years from now.

Soyuz Minute: 017 FET Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

The Soyuz Microphones 017 FET is a truly handcrafted microphone built by our master machinists in Tula, Russia, and features a gold-sputtered, hand-machined capsule and custom toroidal transformer. 

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    • Soyuz 017 FET Brass Black - Limited Edition

Manufacturer's Description from Soyuz

In 2021, Soyuz introduced the world to a limited edition version of the renowned 017 Series microphone with an exclusive finish known as “Brass Black.” This large diaphragm condenser featured a one-of-a-kind process that still remains to be seen elsewhere in pro audio. Within weeks of its debut, the 017 Brass Black was sold out.

Soyuz is reviving its unique process for another batch of 017 Brass Black microphones during Summer 2022. This production run will remain highly limited. There will only be 40 017 FET edition mics made during this period - and that’s it. Once these are gone, they are gone. 

The Return Of Brass Black 

The bluing process used for the 017 FET Brass Black is a time-honored tradition in Tula, the hometown of Soyuz Microphones. This technique was originally used to ensure metal wouldn’t rust, but it also provides a visual aesthetic and custom finish that is simply second to none.

To give the Brass Black series its signature look, master craftsmen subject the microphone's brass body to a passivation process. This electrochemical conversion occurs when oxidizing the metal, which forms a protective coat of magnetite on the body of the mic. The end result is a world-class mic that now features a one-of-a-kind hue and patina. 

A Limited Look For A Modern Classic

Aside from its stylish appearance, the 017 FET Brass Black is the same microphone that has won legions of fans all over the world. Everyone from artists like Coldplay, Radiohead and Paramore to producers and engineers like Nigel Godrich (Radiohead / Paul McCartney), Ryan Hewitt (Red Hot Chili Peppers / The Lumineers), Sylvia Massy (Prince / Johnny Cash), and Butch Walker (Taylor Swift / Katy Perry) have adopted the brand’s flagship microphone.

The 017 FET represents the modern embodiment of the big, classic sound so highly prized in vintage microphones. Its hand-machined and tensioned capsules enable details to be captured with stunning depth and warmth, while imparting a silky transparency to the upper frequencies. These sonic characteristics, inherent to the 017’s design, allow it to transmit subtle nuance while complementing the challenging transients of complex instruments. This makes the mic a perfect choice for delicate vocal and string performances, as well as capturing high-powered drum and guitar sounds.

The engineers at Soyuz have spent decades studying, servicing, and building classic microphones. The collective group’s knowledge, craft and skill (combined with the feedback of numerous musicians, producers and audio engineers) has culminated in the creation of the 017 Series’ custom S17 cardioid capsule. Featuring a gold-sputtered, hand-tuned 34mm diaphragm, the S17 is loosely based on the original K67 capsule developed by Neumann in 1960. However, Soyuz isn’t here just to create clones of classics. The brand has further developed the design, modifying its assembly and tuning. The result, when paired with Soyuz’ original schematic is unique and incredibly musical. 

The 017 Series is comprised of FET (field effect transistor) and tube (valve) powered models. Though the FET and Tube models are similar (the microphones share identical capsules, form factors, and sonic signatures), there are subtle differences between them. The 017 FET captures transients with a somewhat faster, tighter response; the 017 TUBE’s smoother, rounded top-end is perfect for sources requiring warmth with slightly more coloration.

As with all Soyuz microphones, the 017 FET Brass Black is manually machined, its transformers are wound in-house, and all wiring is true point-to-point.

A Rare Piece Of Soyuz History

The Brass Black Series offers Soyuz a chance to experiment with its microphones and create something extra special. Just like its predecessors, this limited edition 017 FET Brass Black will be made in an extremely limited edition production run. There will only be 40 microphones made and divided among retailers around the world. 

Soyuz 017 FET Brass Black Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Features:

  • Exclusive Brass Black custom finish
  • Limited to 40 mics worldwide
  • 34mm gold sputtered diaphragm capsule;
  • Proprietary in-house wound toroidal transformer imparts color and depth  
  • Optional capsule: omni
  • Optional pads: -10 dB, -15 dB, -20 dB.
  • Heavy duty shock mount 
  • Comes in a hand-crafted hardwood box  
  • 100% handmade at the Soyuz Base in Tula, Russia


Soyuz Microphones

About Manufacturer

Boutique, hand-made microphones from Russia. Possessing a stunning visual look and a smooth, rich, but clear and focused sound quality, the Soyuz mics have already made a very large impression on the industry after only being around for a very short amount of time. Popular artists such as Radiohead, Coldplay, Paramore, and The Lumineers have gone on record to support the mics and confirm they were used on their most recent records.


Type: Condenser FET microphone

Capsules: Two 34mm membranes (one gold sputtered)

Frequency Range: 20Hz/20kHz

Polar Pattern: Cardioid (swappable) with optional omnidirectional capsule

Sensitivity: 15mV/Pa

Impedance: 200 Ohms

SPL: 140 dB

Equivalent Noise: 18 dB (a-weighted)

Power: 48V Phantom

Size: 226mm length x 55mm diameter

Weight: 930g


Extras: Wooden microphone box, shock mount